Working Time for Under 18s

Employers who are of school leaving age (16) but are under 18 cannot work as many hours in a week as those over 18. They can work no more than 8 hours in a working day and no more than 40 hours in a working week. Employees of this age cannot opt out and work over these limits and further cannot average their hours over a period of time. Hours worked outside of these limits will be considered a breach of the Working Time Directive. 

In regards to breaks, 16 and 17 year olds are entitled to 30 minutes break for every 4.5 hours worked. Further they must have a minimum of 12 hours between shifts and should have 2 full days break in a 7 day period.  

Published: 01 Oct 2012


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